Coffee, tea, cola, and berries not only stain your clothes, but they also make your teeth look dull. Fortunately, teeth whitening offers a simple solution for smiles that aren't quite as bright anymore due to stains or the natural effects of aging. Here at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY, your dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin, can help erase stains and whiten your entire smile—read on to learn how!
How whitening can help your smile
Dullness is unavoidable if you eat foods and beverages that contain dark pigments. When you sip your morning coffee or enjoy a handful of blueberries, tiny stain-causing pigments seep into microscopic openings in your tooth enamel.
After a while, these pigments can make your smile look dull, even if you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. In response, professional teeth whitening targets the source of the stains and eliminates them.
At our Katonah office, your dentists use a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel that naturally breaks apart these dark pigments. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe, natural bleaching solution that offers dramatic whitening results.
Whitening takes less time than you may think
The entire whitening process only takes about an hour at the dentist's office. After your gums and roots are covered with a protective gel, retractors will be placed in your mouth to keep the whitening gel from touching your cheeks.
It only takes a few minutes to apply the gel to your teeth, and it generally stays on there for around 30 minutes. Once the whitening gel is removed, your teeth will be noticeably brighter. In fact, most people notice a three-to-eight shade difference after whitening.
Making a few changes can prolong your results
Your teeth will stay whiter for two-to-three years after whitening, but you can extend your results by avoiding or limiting foods/beverages that stain teeth. If you can't face the day without your morning coffee or tea, drinking those beverages with a straw can help you avoid new stains.
Your dentist can also give you take-home whitening trays that make occasional touch-ups easy.
Interested? Give us a call
Would you like to whiten your smile? If so, call your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental, at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment.
You've probably heard of dentures and bridges, but what about dental implants? While less commonly known, dental implants are an increasingly popular service offered at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, and we're here to answer your all your questions about the procedure that can put you on the path to a healthy smile.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth, the implant itself acting as the root of the tooth. The procedure uses a metal post, screwed into the jawbone, which creates a permanent foundation for an artificial tooth.
Who might need a dental implant?
If you are missing one or multiple teeth, a dental implant can fill in the gaps of your smile. Teeth may require removal due to decay, damage or injury, and a dental implant is an attractive and sturdy substitute for a natural tooth.
What are the advantages of a dental implant?
While dentures are often used by those with a large number of missing teeth, they require removal for cleaning and sleeping, as well as requiring the application of an adhesive to hold them in place. Even then, dentures can slide around in your mouth, making chewing, talking and smiling difficult. Dental implants stay in the mouth securely and permanently, offering you peace of mind and comfort. You will be able to chew, floss and brush like you would your natural teeth.
Is the procedure painful?
Dental implants are a surgical procedure, so your Katonah dentist will apply an anesthetic to numb your mouth and dull any pain you may feel. You many experience some inflammation, and an over the counter pain killer can help make you more comfortable post procedure. Avoiding crunchy foods in the days after your dental implants is recommended.
How successful is the procedure?
For the majority of people, dental implants can be done efficiently and successfully, the result lasting decades. While artificial teeth do not experience decay, good dental hygiene is still a must for keeping your gums, which surround the dental implant, healthy.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
You will need to check with your dental insurance provider to see if the procedure is eligible for coverage.
Let Parklin Dental in Katonah, NY, help you achieve a your best smile yet with dental implants. Schedule your appointment at 914-232-8182.
Sealants offer a simple way to reduce your child's risk of developing cavities. These protective coatings are among the many services and treatments provided by your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental. Read on to learn what sealants can do for your child!
Why should I consider sealants for my child?
Small pits and grooves in the pre-molars and molars at the back of your child's mouth make chewing and tearing food a little easier. Unfortunately, cavity-causing plaque often builds up in the pits, a presence that ultimately increases your son or daughter's risk of tooth decay.
Although your toothbrush does a good job of removing plaque on most parts of your teeth, the bristles are too big to reach the smaller pits and grooves. Luckily, sealants prevent cavities by covering the chewing surfaces of pre-molars and molars with a clear coating made of plastic-based resin. This resin stops plaque from reaching the pits and grooves, thus boosting your child's dental health!
When should my child receive sealants?
Sealants should be applied soon after your child's permanent pre-molars and molars erupt. These teeth are often a bit weak and more susceptible to tooth decay when they first appear.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants usually last about 10 years, although they may wear away sooner if your child grinds or clenches their teeth. Your child's Katonah dentist will examine the conditions of the sealants during checkups and recommend reapplication if necessary.
Can adults get sealants?
While sealants can help adults reduce cavities, dental insurance may not cover the cost of the coatings if you're an adult.
Does it take long to place the sealants on my child's teeth?
Applying sealants only takes a few minutes. After your son or daughter's teeth are cleaned, an etching solution is applied. This solution helps the sealants adhere to the teeth. After application, the liquid sealants are hardened with a curing light, and then your child will be all set!
Give us a call!
Would you like to protect your child from the dangers of tooth decay? If so, call your Katonah, NY, dentists, Drs. Enyoung Park and Terry Lin of ParkLin Dental, at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment!
People are reluctant to wear dentures. Of course, natural teeth are best, but, if your own teeth are cracked, shifting, painful and heavily decayed, it may be time to consider these tooth replacements. At ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY, dentists, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin, craft and place lifelike and highly functional dentures. Have the facial appearance and oral function you deserve.
Your oral health impacts the rest of your body. Sometimes, oral injury severely compromises dentition. Cracked teeth are subject to decay and abscess, and missing teeth create unsightly gaps which weaken any remaining teeth.
Unfortunately, dental extraction may be the only alternative. If so, partial or full dentures can restore oral function and appearance to your smile. Plus, your health will improve significantly.
How Dentures Work
Your Katonah, NY, dentist will help you arrive at a workable denture solution. Whether you are missing just a few teeth or even all of them, Dr. Park or Dr. Lin will evaluate your situation and give you the best choices for your smile.
Creating and fitting dentures always involves X-ray imaging and oral impressions. Dr. Park or Dr. Lin will consider your bite and overall facial appearance. Then, they can offer the following denture types when appropriate:
- Full conventional dentures replace a complete arch of teeth. Crafted from realistic tooth and gum-colored acrylic, these prosthetics stay in place when crafted and fitted accurately.
- Immediate dentures, as the name indicates, are placed immediately after tooth extractions. They actually help heal the gums and bone because of the pressure they exert on these tissues and allow a patient to leave ParkLin Dental with a complete smile. Immediate dentures lose their fit over time, however, they must be relined or remade.
- Partial dentures fill smile gaps the way a puzzle piece completes a jigsaw puzzle. Composed of acrylic teeth on a metal frame, a partial clips to remaining natural teeth.
- Implant-supported dentures provide excellent smile appearance and optimal biting and chewing. No slippage, no adhesives, and no sore spots make implant dentures the best option for many people who have substantial tooth loss. The prosthetic itself is anchored into the jaw with two, four or more titanium implants as needed.
Know What's Right
Your smile is uniquely yours. If you need restoration or tooth replacement, see Dr. Park or Dr. Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY, for premium quality dentures. Call (914) 232-8182 to schedule a consultation today!
How your dentists in Katonah, New York can help the health of your smile
Gum disease affects many people and it affects both the young and the old, both women and men, and it can lead to more serious complications and affect your overall health. The good news is gum disease can be treated. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York offer a full range of treatments to help your gums and teeth get healthy and stay healthy.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria contained in the plaque which forms on your teeth. The bacteria cause inflammation, which leads to swelling, redness, and bleeding. In fact, you may have gum disease if you notice:
- Your gums bleed during brushing and flossing
- Your gums look red, swollen, or puffy
- Your gums are irritated or painful
- You notice chronic bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth
If you think you have gum disease, you must begin a program of great oral hygiene, which includes:
Brushing after each meal and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in a gentle circular motion on all surfaces of all teeth and along the gumline. Many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush because of its flushing action.
Floss at least once each day; use either waxed or unwaxed floss and wrap it around the tooth as you go down in between your teeth. This wrapping action helps the floss to stay on the tooth surface and remove plaque more efficiently. You can use floss picks instead of a piece of floss if you have arthritis or other dexterity issues.
Visiting your dentist at least once each year for a thorough dental exam including x-rays; visiting your dentist regularly can make the difference and help prevent gum disease from turning into periodontal disease, which damages the bone supporting your teeth.
Visiting your dental hygienist at least every six months for a thorough dental cleaning; your hygienist will remove the hard and soft deposits on your teeth.
Gum disease can be treated and you can achieve a healthy smile, but you have to get started. To find out more about keeping your smile healthy and avoiding gum and periodontal disease, call Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York today!
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